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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Style Profile: Mai Style Pages

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Anh Mai of Mai Style Pages is a stylish lady who currently resides in Philly.  I find it so inspiring that  Anh turned her passion for fashion into a career path.  Read on to find out more about Anh and her awesome personal style!
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Style Profile: Burgundy Whispers

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This edition of Shen's style profiles is by Philly-based fashion blogger and illustrator, Jacqui of Burgundy Whispers.  Jacqui brings her artistic flair to her stylish looks in her outfit posts. I am a fan of her Tastemakers illustration column where she features cool artists, musicians, and trendsetters and explains what makes them stylish.  Now on to the interview!

Shen Dove: What is the story behind your blog name?

Jacqui: My blog, Burgundy Whispers was based on my new closet space in my new home. The walls are painted a rich burgundy, maroon color. Every time I walk into the room, it's as if it's speaking fashion to me, through "whispers!"

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? 

Jacqui: I don't really like to confine myself to one specific style because how much fun is fashion if you don't experiment? I guess if I had to pinpoint three words to describe myself, they would be feminine, bohemian, and edgy!

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Shen Dove: What trends or styles are you excited about wearing this summer? Are there any items on your wish list? 

Jacqui: This summer seems to be very fashion forward with the saturated, bold colors, minimalism and print on print styles. I'm excited to try all of them and interpret them in my own way! For my wish list this summer, I'm craving bright printed blazers, high waisted shorts, and fabulous silk trousers.

Shen Dove: Tell me about what inspired you to include your illustrations on your blog. How did you get started with illustrating? 

Jacqui: I tell people that my blog is like a virtual portfolio of my work, what I do and what inspires me. I went to college for illustration and graphic design, so naturally it just felt right to include my own images. I've been drawing since I came out of the womb, art is a daily essential for me!

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Shen Dove: What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants? 

Jacqui: When it comes to shopping I'm mostly an online shopper, it's just much easier and hassle free! When I do go shopping, in person I like to hit up J.Crew, Kembrel, Anthropologie, American Apparel and Zara. My fave online destinations are Threadsence.com, Nastygal.com, and gilt.com. I love Philadelphia for it's fabulous collection of cuisines! Some of my favorite restaurants are Mixtos, Giwa, and Minar Palace. Can you tell I love spicy food?!

Shen Dove: What do you like most about blogging and being a blogger in Philly in particular?

Jacqui: What I like most about blogging is the networking and connections that I've been able to create. Blogging has improved my ability to socialize, I used to be quite the shy person! I've made some valuable friendships over the last year that I truly treasure. Blogging has also taught me about how to market and present myself, all good traits for a budding freelancer! Being a blogger in Philadelphia is quite a great thing, everyone is so helpful and informative. No one, at least not anyone that I've met is arrogant or condescending and I have met bloggers from other cities and states that were quite uppity about their "trade secrets." Philadelphia truly is the City of Brotherly Love!

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Jacqui!  Be sure to check out Jacqui's blog and Tweets for her latest fashion updates, fashion event coverage and illustrations! 


Monday, April 8, 2013

Style Profile: A STLYd LIFE

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It's been a while since I've done a style profile, but I really enjoy interviewing the talented bloggers, artists and entrepreneurs I meet in real life and throughout the blogosphere.  Expect to see more interviews this spring and summer here on Shen Dove Style.  I met DeAnna and Diane of A STYLd Life at a recent fashion event in Philly and thought you all would like to learn more about these stylish entrepreneurs and bloggers.  These talented ladies are a triple threats with their cool T-shirt line, styling business and blog.  Now on to the interview!
Shen Dove: I think it's great that you decided to launch your blog and other endeavors together. Why did you decide to start your blog and , T-shirt line, and styling business together?

A STYLd LIFE: We originally partnered to design a fashion tee line to help support our mentor’s nonprofit organization. After beginning the journey we realized that sharing our lives on a personal platform would inspire and empower women to do the same.


Shen Dove: What is your favorite aspect of doing styling for clients?

A STYLd LIFE: We have a lot of fun creating the aesthetic for campaign shoots, styling music artists and public figures. However, we find the most joy working with everyday people, guiding them to discover and embrace their personal style.

Shen Dove: Where do you draw your style inspiration from ?

A STYLd LIFE: Our style inspiration is drawn from the effortless, sexy and apologetically bold women that we admire from different walks of life. Such as, Rachel Roy, Sheikha Mozah, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Jeanette Jenkins just to name a few.

Shen Dove: What was the initial inspiration behind your t-shirt line?

A STYLd LIFE: The initial inspiration was to use our creativity and passion to support a vision that has the potential to change communities across the country. We also use this outlet to inspire others to recognize and fulfill their purpose in society.


Shen Dove: How has the places you've lived influenced your style and creative endeavors?

A STYLd LIFE: Traveling has had the most impact on our creativity and style. Living in the South Pacific the atmosphere was so laid-back and free, my [Diane] eyes were opened to a whole new way of being-how people dressed, how they enjoyed meals and community.  For me [DeAnna], experiencing the European culture pushed me to embrace my personal style-dressing how I feel. The cultural diversity and importance of family sparked my interest in becoming well-rounded.

Shen Dove: As bloggers and web-based entrepreneurs, you are probably constantly connected to others with gadgets and technology. Do you have any low-technology or no-technology hobbies that you enjoy?

A STYLd LIFE: OF COURSE…Thumbing though the latest issues of my [DeAnna] favorite fashion magazines is the perfect way to disconnect and unwind. NATURE, NATURE, NATURE for me [Diane]. There is nothing like the sun on your face, a cool breeze and the fresh smell of the outdoors to decompress and let everything go. 

Shen Dove: What are your favorite local shopping destinations, sites or restaurants?

A STYLd LIFE: In terms of shopping, we are obsessed with indie boutique, Kembrel and vintage shopping with The Katacomb. Restaurants…how do we pick just one! Being the foodies that we are, we love late-night sushi at Raw, Saturday brunch at Honey’s Sit & Eat, and Zin Burger for wine & kobe beef (Veggie for Diane).


Shen Dove: Do you have any quotes, sayings or rules you try to live by? If so, what are they?

A STYLd LIFE: Our number one mantra is to embrace who you are at your core and walk that out in every aspect of your life. Find your purpose and work the hell out of it! A quote that inspires us is

“THINK ahead, WORK ahead, and then be patient while your life catches up.” –Christian B. Winters

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview ladies!  Be sure to bookmark A STYLd LIFE to see their latest T-shirt collection and blog. DeAnna and Diane are having a launch event for their Spring/Summer T-shirt collection next month, so if you are a Philly local or visitor, see the event details here.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Style Profile: Streets and Stripes

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This edition of Shen's Style Profiles is from Chaucee of Streets and Stripes.  Chaucee is a talented photographer with a unique sense of personal style.   She has a fabulous blog which covers topics such as photography, lifestyle, fashion, cool creative entrepreneurs, and the amazing city of Philadelphia (I'm a little biased because it's my hometown).  I haven't yet met  Chaucee in person, but I'm sure she is just as nice in person as she comes across on her blog.   Now on to the interview!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Chaucee: Streets & Stripes originally started out as a duo in 2008. My friend Nicole actually came up with the name. There are two main focuses on the blog: lifestyle and fashion. “Streets” was for the lifestyle and “Stripes” was for the fashion. Nicole’s always had a way with words, and it just stuck!

Shen Dove: As a blogger who has been established for a few years, what inspires you to continue blogging? 

Chaucee: I'm inspired to blog because I actually really love it. Like a lot. Even if no one reads the posts, or if no one comments I still love doing it. Everything from editing the photos, to arranging posts, networking and community.  For some crazy reason it’s something I adore doing, and that’s why I make so much time for it in my day and my week. I genuinely loving what I’m doing.

Shen Dove:  How has the city you live in influenced your style and other creative endeavors? 

Chaucee: Some friends of mine have commented how the city has influenced my style. I originally come from Lancaster, PA, so moving to Philly was definitely a change. It’s given me more courage to try something new like leather pants or bold floral patterns. There’s also more access to fashion. Philly has some great boutiques and vintage shops to get lost in.

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Shen Dove: What are your favorite local shopping spots in your city? 

Chaucee: Favorites include Once Worn Consignment, Buffalo Exchange, SWAG Boutique, Aoki Boutique, and Third Street Habit.

Shen Dove: If money, time, work, etc. weren't a factor, where in the world would you travel and what necessities would you wear/take on your trip? 

Chaucee: Oh boy. I would live, eat, and breathe the Middle East. I would take along all the classics. A good pair of skinny jeans, a Breton striped top, a cosy cardigan, a leather backpack, my good ‘ole camera, a picture of mia familia, a journal, and some moisturizer. Can’t live without that stuff!

Shen Dove: As bloggers we are constantly "connected" to others with the aid of gadgets and technology.  Do you have any low-tech or no-tech hobbies you enjoy? 

Chaucee: I absolutely ADORE reading. It’s the most relaxing past time. I enjoy getting outside of my world and thinking through different perspectives and cultures. I also just enjoy building community with my friends and investing in other people’s lives. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. Events are also pretty awesome; getting out there and meeting people!

Shen Dove: Do you have any quotes, sayings or rules you live by? If so, what are they? 

Chaucee: I have several! And they’re good ones : ) 

"Read books by people you don't agree with."

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

 “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." -Mark Twain

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Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Chaucee!  Be sure to check out Chaucee's awesome blog.  You can also follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Style Profile: Wardrobe Oxygen

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This month's style profile is from Alison (better known as Allie) of Wardrobe Oxygen.  Allie gives excellent styling advice and has a great, authentic writing style. I've met her before at local fashion events and she's just as nice in person as she is on her blog. Now on to the interview!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title?

Allie: I worked in apparel for years and had learned a lot about how to dress women of all sizes, ages, budgets, and lifestyles. I had started a new office job where they would have work for me, but it wasn’t yet available and I was told to “look busy.” I had recently seen a news show about blogging and felt it was something that would make me look busy at work and give me an outlet for my writing passion as well as a place to store my shopping knowledge. As for the title, I started blogging so early that I didn’t understand that “What Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe” wasn’t a very catchy title. I asked friends for suggestions and my best friend offered Wardrobe Oxygen, since my advice posts breathe life into a wardrobe. I changed it a few years ago and haven’t looked back!

Shen Dove: As a blogger who has had an established blog for several years, what inspires you to continue blogging? 

Allie: My readers. I get emails and comments from them telling me that my advice posts have changed their outlook on fashion, changed their life. Many women have told me that because I showcase my personal style they now have the confidence to wear color or more fun of clothing, even if they don’t have a model body. To hear such stories is pretty overwhelming, but it’s awesome to know that my little hobby is providing inspiration to fellow women.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career? 

Allie: Honestly, I could wear most anything to work (except logoed tees and sneakers). However, from all my careers I know that what you wear does influence how you are treated, whether you receive the respect you deserve, and whether you get promoted. Also when you are selling your skills, you want to present a professional and positive package. My personal style is pretty classic, but I amp it up with color and accessories. I like to buy pieces that look great now but will still be stylish five years from now, but be in a color or silhouette that I won’t find boring within a year.

Shen Dove: How has the city you live in influenced your style and other creative endeavors? 

Allie: While I work in DC, I live in historic Old Greenbelt, right outside the city. My town is very… crunchy and when I first moved here I didn’t feel as though I fit in. However, over time I have made amazing friends, connected with the community, and have seen how it affects my wardrobe. Greenbelt has relaxed my wardrobe, I now think if a piece will work when walking a half mile to the farmers market or café, how it will hold up spending the day at the lake. As for working in DC, I think it has helped me embrace color. While DC may be known for frumpy navy suits and white tennis shoes, it’s actually a very vibrant city and I am constantly awed and inspired by the fashion on the streets. I think color is far more accepted here than when I worked in the suburbs.

Shen Dove: What are your favorite shopping destinations and/or restaurants in your area? 

Allie: Since I work 40-50 hours a week and commute up to 10 hours a week and have a family, the majority of my shopping is done online. However I do pass the Connecticut Avenue Ann Taylor en route to the Metro and love to stop in there – Carlos is one of the managers and he is fabulous – totally gets my personal style and has such creative ideas!

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Shen Dove: If money, time, work, etc. weren't a factor, where in the world would you travel and what would you wear on your trip? 

Allie: I would buy an Airstream and travel this country with my family. While I have traveled a lot, there is much of our own country that I have yet to see. For such an adventure it would be a lot of sundresses. I wear dresses 90% of the time because their ease of use and comfort and fabulous one-piece ensembles. A breezy sundress, a pair of leather sandals, some killer bracelets, aviators and my hair natural as I drive from coast to coast!

Shen Dove: As bloggers, we are constantly "connected" to others with the aid of gadgets and technology.  Do you have any low-technology or no-technology hobbies that you enjoy? 

Allie: Reading real books and real magazines and listening to old-school FM radio. On Sunday mornings, my husband makes breakfast for the family and we listen to the radio, eat outside if it’s nice and enjoy nature, and after often spend the day in the living room reading our respective books, Emerson playing with her doll house. Emerson is a voracious reader, and needs a large stack next to her bed before she goes to sleep. We have books in every room of the house and subscribe to many magazines. I just enjoy the feel of the paper in my hands, the tradition of books, passing them down.

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Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

Allie: If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. If you can't envision wearing something in three different ways/to three different occasions, don’t buy it. It’s better to buy too big and tailor it than purchase too small and look uncomfortable or feel bad about your size. Black is chic, but color is inspiring.

Shen Dove: Thanks Allie!  Be sure to bookmark Wardrobe Oxygen for Allie's latest updates.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Style Profile: Stylish Thought

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This month's style profile is from Fajr of Stylish Thought who is a writer and social media guru that possesses an awesome sense of style.  Fajr's blog is a great mix of fashion, inspirational information, personal style, and how-to advice for the young professional woman.  Now on to the interview!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Fajr: I was inspired to start Stylish Thought because I have a lot of opinions about fashion and life.  It started in 2006 as my fashion writing portfolio and has evolved into a fashion/lifestyle site.

Shen Dove:  How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career/job? 

Fajr: My personal style is definitely retro and very vintage inspired. I love shopping at thrift stores and wearing styles that evoke the olden days. My style is really influenced is by my silliness and youthful nature. I love things that are bit kitschy and silly. I definitely don't take my style too seriously, opting to have a good time with my style.

Shen Dove: What adjectives would you use to describe your personal style? Has it evolved over time or remained consistent?

Fajr:  Fun, Kitschy and Tongue in Cheek. My style has evolved over time and I've gone through several style phases, while always maintaining my love of vintage fashion. We won't even talk about my hipster phase. My style right now feels most like me; classic, fun and a bit off kilter.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? 

Fajr: Being from Philadelphia has influenced my style in that I feel I rebel a bit from the traditional style here. Philly is a very laid back town, style wise and I'm a bit the opposite.  Philly does have a rich community of indie designers and artisans, so in the last two years I've gotten more involved in shopping local boutiques and finding those one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Shen Dove: What are some of your favorite places to eat and shop in your city? 

Fajr: I love to shop at the local boutiques in the city. Smak Parlour, Franklin Square and Buffalo Exchange are my favorites. Working downtown, you're surrounded by lots of great restaurants and a few of my favorites are Freshii, Serefina and the Reading Terminal.

Shen Dove: What is the top destination currently on your to-travel to list? Please name one (or more if you wish!) clothing item(s) you would pack for this trip and explain why? 

Fajr: Ah travel. What place isn't on my must see list.  Right now I would love to go to San Francisco and the Napa Valley.  I would keep my style very "1950's California" with straw fedoras, two piece lounge wear and cat eye sunglasses.

Shen Dove: What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of fashion/lifestyle blogging? Do you have any hidden talents? 

Fajr: I love to read! I've loved books since I was 5.  I don't have any hidden talents per se, but I used to draw and sketch on occasion.

Shen Dove: Do you have any words of inspiration you live by when it comes to your perspective on style and self-confidence? 

Fajr: One of my favorite quotes is a Judy Garland quote; "Be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else." For me style is personal and not about following trends or trying to look like someone else. It's difficult to be your own person in a world that wants to make us all the same. We've got to fight for our right to be ourselves.

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Fajr!  Be sure to bookmark Stylish Thought for Fajr's latest updates.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Style Profile: Kings Rule Together

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This month's style profile will actually be the first gentleman I've featured in the series.  I was taken with the positive tone of Curran's inspiring and stylish blog, Kings Rule Together.  Curran is a renaissance man that incorporates his passion for fashion, styling, and philanthropy into his blog.  So let's get to the interview!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Curran: My biggest inspiration to start a blog came from the people around me. Blogging was something new and a good means to express my fashion opinion, so I gave it a try.  During the time I was doing a lot of things but I wasn't documenting it on a more advanced level but more so promoting my work via social media so starting my blog made me become and appear more official to the naked eye.  My friend referred to me as king as a term of endearment instead of the N word, which is so commonly used amongst the youth. It stuck with me from then on, giving me the esteem to truly respect myself and the people around me.  As I went on working with other kings, I realized that by working together we made a more powerful impact, and we accomplished a lot more aka Kings Ruling Together.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career? 

Curran: My personal style is really a melting pot of many different styles mixed into one. I like to incorporates many different looks together that typically you may not see the average person wearing. I believe this makes my look and overall appearance unique and I display my own individuality. My style is my career. I wouldn’t be where I am today if people didn’t recognize my sense of fashion. I took my love for fashion and turned it into a business.

Shen Dove: How has the city you live in influenced your style and other creative endeavors? 

Curran: I take a lot of pride in being from Philadelphia. It has made me into the man I am today. I just love the fact that I can stay in my hometown and still be recognized all over the world.
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T-shirt from Curran's Kings Rule Together Clothing Store: "Designed to promote an undivided group of men at their peek by showing style and character as they work together and still maintain their King structure." - K.R.T.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion? 

Curran: I enjoy the freedom of just being me. I can put whatever I want on and say whatever I like and share it with my followers all while inspiring others. Even if they may not like exactly what I have on or may not even wear the things I wear it opens their minds up for new options for their wardrobe or even ideas to help them display their indivduality. I aspire to inspire.

Shen Dove: I see that you have an interest in philanthropy which is great!  How do your philanthropic endeavors tie in with your interests in fashion, photography and event planning? 

Curran: Philanthropy is a huge part of my career.  I have been driven to promote peace amongst my peers both male and females. I want all males to see themselves as Kings and all females as Queens. I feel as though if we greet each other as such, we will act as such. Respect amongst all will be rewarding to me when I look back many years from now and see my effect Kings Rule Together had on the WORLD.

Shen Dove: Do you have any blog related goals for 2012? 

Curran: I really just plan to create more. 2012 is all about creating new and innovative work for the world to see.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so, what are they? 

Curran: The only rule I have is for guys just to pull their pants up. Nothing more, nothing less.

Shen Dove: So be sure to bookmark Curran's great blog to see his latest updates.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Style Profile: The Fashionista Next Door

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Photos courtesy of  Eboni Ifé of The Fashionista Next Door

This month's style profile is from Eboni Ifé of The Fashionista Next Door.  Eboni exhibits a great attention to detail in putting her outfits together.  Eboni also has a fabulous shoe collection!  Her regular feature, "Style Me Friday" really shows off her styling skills and ability to put together outfits that look just as good if not better than the inspiration.  Now let's get to the interview!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title?

Eboni Ifé: I started blogging on accident, really. I've always had a love affair with fashion, but my blog started out as a blog all about my general randomness, and the blog's name was "Miss Ifé's World." (My middle name is Ifé). But, the truth is all I wanted to write about was fashion and personal style. I was pretty much obsessed with Love Maegan and Karla's Closet at the time, but I was so intimidated by fashion bloggers who seemed to be so endlessly stylish! Finally, I took the plunge and committed to being a "style blogger." (and my first few posts were pretty bad. LOL!) My blog's title took a little while to come into it's own. It went from Miss Ifé's World to "Frugal Fashionista," which I quickly discovered was already in use on a well established blog. Not to mention, a friend of mine mentioned to me that she hated the name! So, I started thinking about my style, and beyond that, the woman I wanted to be in terms of style, and it just came to me...The Fashionista Next Door. (sorry for the LONG answer. LOL!)

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career/job? 

Eboni Ifé: I think my style is fun...daring...unexpected at times. I really just like to have fun with fashion. Fortunately, I've always had jobs where I was free to wear whatever I wanted, so I can't say that my career has had a strong influence on my style...though, I am thankful that it has allowed my style to blossom and evolve completely unrestricted by dress codes.


Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? If it hasn't, what has inspired your style? 

Eboni Ifé: I'm a California girl through and through...I grew up moving back and forth from from NorCal to SoCal, and if you've spent much time in either place, you know how different the aesthetic is in both cities. LA is the perfect combination of flip flops, stilettos, and versace shades! The bay area is a little bit preppy, a little bit activist, and a little bit boho...and 100% fabulous! I think my style is influenced by both...I guess that's why I call my style eclectic.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion? 

Eboni Ifé: Honestly, it's become about so much more than fashion. I work full-time and I have a family...I hardly have time to maintain a blog, but I couldn't walk away from the community of amazing, brilliant, beautiful bloggers I've met along this journey. Other bloggers (like you) are a constant source of inspiration. So, thank you!


Shen Dove: Thanks for the compliment! What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of fashion blogging? Do you have any hidden talents? 

Eboni Ifé: I am a major foodie! Love reading cookbooks, watching cooking shows, trying new recipes...and eating, of course! Hidden talents...umm, the hubby says I have musical turrets. I subconsciously know just about every song...or at least every hook ever written. Hehe! Sing a line or hum melody...and I just can't help but to burst out into the full song...and I tend to sing it non-stop until a new song enters my brain. I am also the reigning Def Jams Rap Star!

Shen Dove: Spring is officially here!  What are you excited about wearing this season?

Eboni Ifé: Florals, florals, and more florals! (and polka dots...and yellow!)

Shen Dove: Do you have any blog related goals for 2012?

Eboni Ifé: I have really been working to maintain an "editorial calendar." I really want to be more consistent with my posting schedule and my content.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

Eboni Ifé: Nope. No rules. Fashion...and more importantly, personal style, is about wearing what makes YOU feel good.

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Eboni!  Be sure to bookmark The Fashionista Next Door to see Eboni's latest updates.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Style Profile: Natasha Fatah

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This month's style profile is from Natasha Fatah who has a lovely, authentic writing style and wears colors and patterns in creative ways.  She's also a fellow cat owner! Now let's get to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog? 

Natasha: The blog has had two incarnations. I first started it in 2010 as a street style blog, profiling people I'd see, but that became too difficult to maintain. What inspired this latest incarnation of a personal style blog and journal came about because my dad got sick in February last year. He was diagnosed with cancer, and his tumor crushed his nervous system which meant he lost the ability to walk. He spent months in various hospitals. He's cancer free now, and well on his way to walking normally again soon. It was his ability to see joy and beauty even in the darkest moments, and the fact that my mother always dressed impeccably for him at the hospital, because she wanted to look beautiful for her husband, just strengthened my the belief that beautiful style and clothing is a source of inspiration. I get a lot of joy from dressing up and playing with colours and styles, and I wanted to share that joy in the blog. Life is short. Time to celebrate what we love.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Have you seen your style evolve since you started your blog? 

Natasha:  I would describe my style as playful, colourful, eclectic. I've only been working on the blog since November but I would say it's given me a boost of confidence to try different things, and take risks.  I don't think I would have worn a men's bow tie to work a year ago.  The blog gives me permission to experiment.

Shen Dove: Does your career at all impact the way you dress? How do you maintain your sense of style in the workplace? 

Natasha: My career definitely impacts how I dress. I'm a journalist, and I work in a creative space so we don't have a strict dress code. Pretty much anything goes, so I can try all sorts of things. However, if I'm going out to interview someone then I dress with respect in my mind. Respect for my guest, and respect for myself. I dress conservatively and modestly because I don't want my clothes and appearance to be a reason to not take me seriously.

Shen Dove: How has the city you live in influenced your style? If it hasn't you can explain why.

Natasha:  I live in Toronto, a city I absolutely love! But, let's face it - it can get pretty darn cold, so that impacts the way I dress - more practically, I always have to consider the weather. And because Toronto is such a ethnically diverse city, I feel free to wear clothing I've picked up in every corner of the world. If I want to wear a Pakistani or India kurta or tunic with jeans to work, nobody bats an eye. We really are an international city.

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Shen Dove: Spring is around the corner, is there anything that you are excited about wearing this spring? 

Natasha: Can't wait to wear open toed shoes, fun dresses, and neon yellow!

Shen Dove: Do you have any hobbies outside of blogging that you really enjoy? 

Natasha: I do a lot of writing - I know it's part of my profession - but I get a lot of joy from writing.  My husband and I are big movie buffs, we watch a lot of films, and he has introduced to tons of European movies and cinema, I've introduced him to Bollywood.

Shen Dove: Do you have any local shops or restaurants that you'd for recommend visitors to check out?

Natasha: You must go to Kensington Market, which is a neighbourhood filled with vintage and second hand stores, tons of places to eat and has a wonderful bohemian vibe.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

Natasha: Modesty. My personal rule for a long time has been if I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing it in front of my grandparents, I won't wear it out in public. There's enough skin out there, I think self-respect, dignity and modesty are undervalued.

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Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Natasha! Be sure to bookmark Natasha's blog to see her latest updates.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Style Profile: Comme Coco

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Images courtesy of  Jennifer of Comme Coco

This month's style profile is from Jennifer of Comme Coco.  Jennifer has a fab sense of style and her passion for blogging/fashion definitely come through in her writing.  Now let's get to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Jennifer: My blog title came to be when I was looking up quotes for my personal Facebook page. I rarely put up personal statuses and usually use quotes to convey the message that I want for that day. While looking up quotes, I stumbled upon Coco Chanel’s quotes and realized that I LOVED them all and could relate to them. So I decided to title the blog “Comme Coco” which is French (my 1st language) for Like Coco.  I did contemplate changing my blog name a few months back to ‘The J-Face’ which is the name given to the pouty face I always make in pics but was recommended not to because Comme Coco is synonymous with me now.  It's my brand lol.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Have you seen your style evolve since you started your blog? 

Jennifer: Wow, my personal style… well it's never really the same but the silhouettes I wear tend to stay the same (if that made ANY sense)! I dress with my moods.  I could care less about trends and what the magazines are telling me is "cute" or “in”… I will wear it as long as I WANT to.  Like overalls... I love overalls. When I was in high school I had overalls in EVERY color/fabric and silhouette. If I could find cute ones, I'd wear them now. With that said, I love menswear, rocker chic, and anything studded lol. I haven’t embraced the whole girly girl feminine look even though I think it looks A.MA.ZING on a lot of women, it's just not me.  If I wear something frilly, I almost ALWAYS have to toughen it up by throwing on a leather jacket or a studded belt or wearing it with combat boots or a newsboy hat. I don’t know why but it's just me lol. My style hasn’t really evolved much but I have found with having a blog that I have more of a “ I don’t give an “F,” I'm going to wear it anyway" mentality. I have definitely gained much more confidence from exposing myself daily on the internet (oops that sounded kinda bad huh).
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Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? If it hasn't please explain one or two factors that have influences your style.

Jennifer:  To be totally honest…DC has not influenced my style at all. I love this city more than anything, but I am still a Midwestern girl from East Lansing, MI (SPARTY ON!!).  Most of the clothes I wear on the blog are things I had in college or styles I've worn since college. I'm a sucker for really big flared jeans and wide legged pants. In college I had a MAJOR obsession with Silver Sisley and Charo jeans because of there extreme bell.. we are talking 24 inch opening.. SWOON!!! I'm still saving up moolah for the Elizabeth and James Extreme Jimi jeans… I am not super inspired by others when it comes to my style. Of course I read blogs and will see outfits in mags or even on the street and think “OH I like that a lot” and I may take something from that style but all in all, everything is me, myself and I. What truly inspires me is being happy with myself. There was a time when I wasn’t happy with myself and/or I had the wrong people around me who took advantage of my weak state and it made me sad a lot. I had a hard time figuring out who I was but once I did, my style was indestructible hahaha. Now that I am 110% ridiculously happy, it shows through my style. I think we are the masters of our style and we are the captains of our closets : )

Shen Dove: Spring will be here before you know it.  Are there any items that you are particularly excited about wearing next season? 

Jennifer: Knowing me, it's going to be the same stuff but but remixed.  I do like neon so I will probably throw in a little neon here and there but other than that, I'll probably wear the same old silhouettes that I am known for such as wide leg pants, body con skirts, layered tanks and leather…. I also want to use more accessories. I definitely will do the hippie handband thing around my head but of course I need to find a super A.MA.ZING studded one to wear.  I also love the Ralph Lauren collared halter shirts and definitely plan to wear one with an oversized bow tie. I do plan on changing up the materials/textures of what I own (wear more silk etc…).   OH and shoes… I SO NEED to upgrade my shoe game.  I can officially say it’s the WORST!!!!

Shen Dove: Do you have a non-blogging hobby that you really enjoy? Please tell us a bit about it. 

Jennifer: FOOTBALL!!! I love watching and playing football. About a year ago I started playing co-ed flag football and fell in love with it. I enjoy it so much that now I watch regular football even more. I think because I now understand the game a little bit more that it's far more fun to watch on TV. This season I started playing on an all-women flag football team as well and I’m SO GEEKED! Everyone thinks flag is pansy but oh little do they know, it's pretty much full contact without the pads. You really have to body up to pull flags sometimes. I have torn a ligament in my knee/broken a finger/ and had my jaw partially dislocated from it….. as crazy as it sounds, I'd love to play in the Lingerie Football League…yup I said it!

Shen Dove: Do you have one goal (blog related or non-blog related) that you plan to focus on in 2012? 

Jennifer: In 2012 my biggest blog related goal is to just reach out to more people outside of the US. I love the States but I love the welcoming nature of blog readers in Europe and Asia. They are so sweet and so stylish and not as competitive. As far as non-blog related, its' ALL ABOUT Facon Magazine for me.  I was just named the managing editor for Facon Magazine and it's my goal to help the magazine be even MORE successful than it's already destined to be. What could be better than a publication dedicated to emerging fashion? Yup, I'm waiting…lol.
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Shen Dove: Do you have any DC area shopping suggestions or favorite restaurants you'd recommend that locals and visitors check out? 

Jennifer: I adore the Twig Thrift Store in Alexandria, Va and I also like Frugalista in Mt. Pleasant. As far as restaurants, I'm OBSESSED with Filomenas for Italian.  I just stumbled upon Urban Eats in Mt. Rainier and I adore it.  I'm planning on hosting my 4th blogger meetup there for the meetup group I founded.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

Jennifer: Dress for yourself and your figure and you will ALWAYS be haute! Don't be a walking page out of a magazine. You are and can be stylish at ANY size. Always smile in whatever you wear because that is your BEST accessory (well that and a bomb ass leather jacket!!).

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Jennifer!  Be sure to bookmark Comme Coco to see the latest updates from this stylish lady.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Style Profile: StyleLust Pages

Images courtesty of Cortnie of Style Lust Pages

This month's style profile is from Cortnie of the StyleLust Pages. Cortnie has a great sense of style and designs lovely clutches.  Now let's get the the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Cortnie: Well I had originally started a styling and personal shopping business (StyleLust, LLC) in September 2009 and immediately knew that I should blog about the things I was doing. The blog was named StyleLust Pages because when you're online, the screen you're viewing is considered a page. So it was kind of like you were viewing the pages of StyleLust's diary. Only it didn't turn out to be a blog of what the business was doing, but more of the personal style blog it is today. Good question!

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Have you seen your style evolve since you started your blog? 

Cortnie: I always say my personal style is casual chic. I love my heels, but I love ballet flats just as much. My favorite thing to wear is a slouchy sweater and skinny jeans which happens to look great with heels or flats. My style has definitely evolved since I started blogging just over 2 years ago. I wouldn't have put on a pair of corduroys then, but a lot of the things I was wearing I would wear again today. I'd maybe change a small thing or two about a couple of looks though. Nothing major.


Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your Etsy shop with your fab clutches? 

Cortnie: Do you have a favorite? Omg. So I always wanted to learn how to sew and this summer I found myself with more time on my hands than usual. My grandmother can do pretty much anything so of course I had her teach me. I told her I had an interest in making bags and she was more than happy to show me how to make them. About two weeks after learning how to sew I had my Etsy shop up and running. It's been about three months since I first learned everything. A lot of people think I've been sewing for a while. So not the case. It's kind of hard to pick a favorite clutch. I love the 'Genevieve' because of the taupe and white print, the fabric is AMAZING on the 'Britnie' clutch and I like the 'Patsy' clutch because it has a real vintage vibe to it. I think the new sequin clutch is perfect for the holidays too.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style?

Cortnie: It's very laid back where I live. Fashion isn't a big thing. You would easily stand out by wearing 4-5 inch heels anywhere you went. I guess that's why I own a lot of flats.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? Rules? 

Cortnie: There are no rules! Just be yourself. The more confident you are in what you're wearing, the better you look!

Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Cortnie! Check out Cortie's blog, her Etsy shop and follow her on Twitter: @stylelustpages



Saturday, October 15, 2011

Style Profile: Two Stylish Kays

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Photos: courtesy of KayCee of Two Stylish Kays

This month's Style Profile comes from KayCee of Two Stylish Kays. KayCee is a personal stylist and a thrift shopping guru that puts together great outfits.  KayCee also covers great fashion events in Atlanta.  Now let's get to the interview questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

KayCee:  I started my personal style blog to celebrate my love of fashion, thrift shopping and inspiring women to look stylish all the time. The name Two Stylish Kays describes the fun I have mixing trendy fashion with classic style and retail brands at resale prices.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Have you seen your style evolve since you started your blog? 

KayCee: My dominant style is classic. I enjoy having longstanding staples that I can wear year round and look effortless. But I do enjoy mixing in a few trendy pieces to give my outfit an unexpected element to make me stand out. Since doing my blog, I find that I'm willing to wear new styles and trends that I probably would not have tried in the past.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion? 

KayCee: Overall blogging has offered me so many opportunities to meet like-minded women who are passionate about fashion. I love reading comments from my readers and I feel honored when they say that I have inspired them to try a new style.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? 

KayCee: I was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad, but grew up in New Orleans. In both cultures, women are very comfortable in their own skin and it's not taboo to be exposed or too sexy. Especially when wearing costumes in bold, vibrant colors during Carnival and Mardi Gras. So I love wearing clothes that enhance my body and express my mood.

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Shen Dove: What make-up, nail polish or accessories are you excited about wearing this fall? 

KayCee: I am very excited about wearing the infinity scarf, cherry red leather gloves and my camel colored cape.

Shen Dove: You are a fan of thrift shopping which I think is so great because its eco-friendly and you can usually make your money stretch further. Do you have any tips for readers that may not tried thrift shopping yet? 

KayCee: (1) Look for bargains - Most clothes at thrift stores are used so take advantage of the low prices. But don’t simply buy items because of the price. Make sure that it is something that you love and can integrate into your wardrobe. (2) Stock up on accessories - One of my favorite finds when shopping in thrift stores is the costume jewelry section. The selection ranges from vintage to trendy. I also stock up on leather belts, clutch purses and scarfs. These are great items that are an easy way to update and transform an outfit. (3) Experiment with a new style or the season’s hottest trends - The huge selection of clothing available at thrift stores is a great way to try out a new style. It’s an inexpensive investment to determine if you would like a certain look. Plus there is no guilt from paying full price for items that may end up in your closet unloved. (4) Spend Time, Save Money - One of the most important things to remember about secondhand style is that it requires patience and thinking outside the box. Unlike department store shopping, where you are wowed rack after rack of clothing, a thrift stores is sometimes a hit or miss. But if you can spend the time, you will find so many new inexpensive additions for your wardrobe.

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Shen Dove: What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of fashion blogging? Do you have any hidden talents? 

KayCee: I am a personal stylist, own a formal dress rental company and co-host fashion swaps.

Shen Dove: I love that you have so many entrepreneurial endeavors! Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

KayCee: My mom introduced me secondhand stores at an early age, so I learned the joy of thrift shopping and how to create fashionable wardrobes on a modest budget. So my personal style motto is, "Personal style is a look that is all your own. It’s not about how much money you spend, but how you wear your clothes."

Shen Dove: Thanks for the Interview KayCee!  Be sure to check out the great blog Two Stylish Kays if you don't yet have it bookmarked!


Friday, September 16, 2011

Style Profile: Classic Noise

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Photos: courtesy of Sorren, Classic Noise

For this edition of Shen's Style Profiles, Sorren of Classic Noise was nice enough to answer some questions about her style.  Sorren does an excellent job of remixing her work wardrobe in stylish ways and also shares delicious recipes with readers.  So now to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Sorren: As is the case with most other bloggers, the blogs I was reading inspired me to take the leap. It began a year prior when I discovered ahautemess. I loved Nikki's style, tongue-in-cheek witty writing and how obvious it was that she kept it real. Funnily enough, I didn't expand my reading to other blogs until October 2010, when my friend introduced me to Kendi Everyday and her upcoming 30 for 30 Challenge. The idea of a blog can be very overwhelming, so the challenge seemed like the perfect task that would help kick start my blog and give it an initial purpose and direction.  For me, the title was the toughest part - it was also what caused me to join the challenge a week late! When it comes to commitment, I can be quite fickle. Details like titles, names, and colours always stop me in my tracks paralyzing me with the fear that I will grow to dislike what I eventually decide on the minute I've made my choice. When considering what others were doing, I enjoyed the titles that included the blogger's name in an interesting way but could not settle on the perfect adjective to pair with "Sorren."  To be honest, I think it was because I was also a little put off by the idea of being so front and centre. Long story short, I decided to scrap something along the lines of "Simply Sorren" (I mean honestly, what's a Sorren anyway?) and focused on words I thought were indicative of myself and what I was trying to do with the blog. "Classic" was thrown in the running because my sense of style usually falls on the classic, as opposed to, trendy side. Since I couldn't decide whether I'd be focusing on fashion, personal style, food or design, I wanted a word that would allow me to change direction as I wanted. I felt that "noise" was representative of many things happening simultaneously and it could therefore encompass any route I decided to take.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Have you seen your style evolve since you started your blog? 

Sorren: In three words, I would describe my personal style as simple, classic and clean. Sometimes I like to get a little edgy, but my edgy is usually someone else's mid-week go-to (heels and shorts). I have definitely seen my style evolve since blogging. Initially this evolution was most apparent in my office wardrobe. The office where I used to work was located in an Industrial Park and was therefore fairly laid back and informal. I had begun to adopt a somewhat casual approach to my office wear and had begun to become bored with my closet. Once I began my blog I had an excuse to dress up again. It was fantastic. I realized how much I had missed styling chic, fun office-wear and began to have fun with my clothes again. Beyond the office, I have noticed that I am braver with what I wear, and also have more confidence in my choices. I definitely keep an eye out for statement pieces, jewellery and patterned pieces more so than before and am willing to take bigger risks on my purchases. However, I have yet to buy something in hopes of merely making a statement outfit just for my blog. If I'm going to spend money on it, it's got to be something I know I can wear on repeat.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion? 

Sorren: The inspiration I gain through reading others' blogs AND, in turn, the inspiration I am able to offer, to my readers, through my own blogs. The absolute best compliments I've had are when I hear about people who have been motivated to get excited about, and re-discover, their own closets!
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Shen Dove: You are graphic designer and I really enjoy your posts on your design projects! Is your fashion aesthetic similar to your graphic design style? 

Sorren: Hurray! I'm so glad you enjoy those! The design aspect is definitely a part of my blog that I would like to expand on. I have been attempting to post design-related pieces more frequently but am not in the full swing yet. I definitely feel that my fashion aesthetic and graphic design tendencies are very similar. Im both cases I tend to gravitate towards a more simplistic and minimalistic approach. I admire colour, and sometimes use great big bursts of it, but for the most part I stick to neutrals with small colour accents (usually one colour at a time). I have an impulse to keep the overall look & feel clean, making most of white space - in terms of outfits this would mean not over-accessorizing - and keep any intricate design I do indulge in, contained to one area - i.e. a bunch of bracelets on one wrist rather than bracelets, belt earring, scarf, etc, all at once.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? 

Sorren: When I first moved to Halifax, about five years ago, the city's style was very understated and laid back. Although it was a very youthful city with an influx of students from across Canada and beyond (we have three universities and a number of community colleges), it was still just a lot of jeans and tanks at the bars. Since then, Halifax's style has definitely evolved, embracing trends that other cities are seeing and now seems to travel the spectrum from hipsters to bro-dudes. Since I am mostly drawn to classic, stand-the-test-of-time pieces I tend to have a limit as to how much external forces will influence my style choices, i.e. I won't be morphing into the lead ukulele player in a wu-tang coverband. The biggest influence Halifax has had on my style is the lingering appreciation I hold for younger, flirtier, fun pieces which, as long I manage their inclusion in my work-wardrobe, isn't a bad thing.

Shen Dove: What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of fashion blogging? Do you have any hidden talents? 

Sorren: Interests and hobbies would include: Graphic Design. I like to design when I can, and when I'm asked. Lately I've worked on wedding invitations, a friend's business card and my own portfolio site. Web Design. I am also trying to get back into html and CSS. Playing producer and assistant to Jack's projects. I like helping anyway possible, from Music Video to screen printing. Reading. Anything from Bossypants to Survivor to Onward Watching movies and TV. Seriously, you would not believe how little TV I used to watch seven years ago (before my boyfriend). Luckily, TV time also means blog time. Hidden Talents: - I am a parallel parking pro. No lie. - Birthday-party planorama - Baking junkie.

Shen Dove: How do you plan to transition your favourite summer items into your fall wardrobe? 

Sorren: Tights. Lots of tights. Patterned, coloured, and monochrome tights. In fact, I think I need to go tight shopping… Also, I am going to focus on re-discovering my cardigans, jackets and boots. Styling a piece from season to season offers such a random, fantastic feeling of accomplishment that I just cannot get enough. Obviously there are certain pieces that need to be retired until the return of the warmer weather, however in the upcoming months I will be attempting to convert the majority of my dresses into fall-friendly outfits, so keep an eye out for those!

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they? 

Sorren: I don't have many, but I think these about cover it. Confidence is key. If you aren't confident in what you're wearing, don't wear it. There are go-to items in my closet that I will suddenly, for no discernible reason lose confidence in. When this happens, I just put them aside and wait for the weirdness to subside. Don't be a slave to sizing, it's all baloney. If it fits, it fits and that's all that's important - if it bothers you that much, cut out the tag. Store to store, label to label, dress to dress, I have run anywhere from a size 4 to 8 (small to medium), in tops and a 6 to 10 (medium to large), in bottoms. As long as it fits and I feel comfortable wearing it, I do not drive myself nutty worrying whether I should be a smaller size because sizes are subjective to the designer. Don't blow your money on trends, blow your money on what you like and what you will continue to like. Usually I'm late to a trend anyway making this a non-issue for me, but on the rare occasion I am ahead of the times, I hit up places like H&M to look for a trendy addition to my closet. I keep my big buys for those pieces I'll be able to wear for years, like my Halogen Jacket (2008), Boyfriend Blazer (2009), Club Monaco Skirt (2008), and BB Dakota Crop Jacket (2007).

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Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Sorren! So stop by and visit Classic Noise if you don't have it bookmarked yet!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Style Profile: Oh to Be a Muse

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For this edition of Shen Style Profiles, Cheryl of the great blog, Oh to Be a Muse was kind enough to answer a few questions about her blog and her personal style.  Cheryl is great at mixing affordable pieces together to make stylish outfits.  Cheryl discusses many issues related to fashion and its intersection with popular culture on her blog.  She also happens to write great movie reviews that I personally use to decide what's worth seeing in movie theatres!  So now to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title?

Cheryl: I was mainly inspired to start blogging because I've always been a writer and because I was getting married and wanted to showcase my wedding prep journey. Eventually I ventured on a different path and started to focus on all clothing and shoes and accessories on my blog. The name Oh to Be a Muse comes from my mission statement for my style to inspire my readers and for my readers to inspire their own style.

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career/job? 

Cheryl: Wowza! I always find it difficult to answer questions about my personal style, which probably sounds silly coming from a fashion and style blogger. Really, I just dress in what makes me feel comfortable. So some days I'll wear something on the edgy side while other times I'll glam it up. My style is influenced by comfort and by my 'career' as a fashion blogger as I love the creative wardrobes of other bloggers' style.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style? 

Cheryl: Well I used to live in south Florida, which has a very beachy style, and now I live in Phoenix, which has a very laid back style. I can't say that either place really left a mark on me style-wise. But I went to London last year and was simply walking down the streets and was bombarded by girls (and guys) with mega style left and right. They didn't look like they were trying to be stylish--they just were.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion? 

Cheryl: Everything. I love coming up with ideas for posts. I love making style boards and shooting outfit posts. I love receiving and giving comments. I love the connections I've made with sponsors. I love how much I've learned about social media and photography. I love the blogging community. There are so many people in the blogosphere whom I'd love to meet IRL.

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Shen Dove: What are some of your interests/hobbies outside of fashion blogging? Do you have any hidden talents? 

Cheryl: When I'm not blogging I'm probably spending time with my hubby and our two dogs--a Pomeranian and a German Shepherd mix. I like to hike, read books, watch tons and tons of movies, thrift shop and drink Thai iced tea. My hidden talent would be that I sing, and I think I'm pretty good at it.

Shen Dove: I know it seems like summer just started, but fall will be here before you know it! How do you plan to transition your favorite summer items into your fall wardrobe? 

Cheryl: You're so right; fall will be here shortly. My plan is to layer. Wear summer dresses with tights, leggings, trenches and snoods and scarves. I've been adding more color to my wardrobe recently and a lot of those colors are perfect for fall so hopefully that will do the trick.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so what are they?

Cheryl: My only style rule is that everyone wears what they feel truly comfortable in: know what you look good in and wear what you love. Forget about forgettable pieces and have your own individual style because that alone is fashionable.

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Shen Dove: Thanks for answering my questions Cheryl!  So check out Oh To Be a Muse if you don't already have it bookmarked!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Style Profile: Chic on the Cheap

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Photos: Courtesy of Lydia of Chic on the Cheap

For this edition of Shen Style Profiles, Lydia of the lovely blog, Chic on the Cheap was kind enough to answer some questions.  LyddieGal has a great eye for creating stylish, affordable looks.  She is also a great photographer and her self-taken photos always look fantastic.  So let's get down to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title?

Lydia: I was just looking for a creative outlet to write and keep a bit of a journal. I never expected people to actually read it -- and now I wish I'd put a little more thought into the name, and come up with something more unique. But I'm the top google hit now, so there is no changing it!

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career/job?

Lydia: My style is a mix of classic and quirky, I like bold colors and I try to find classic and flattering cuts. My job is at a pretty causal office, so I can get away with a lot of things more conservative offices might not allow. I like that I can dress as creatively as I please at work!

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style?

Lydia: I live in a pretty small town, it's not hard to be the best dressed person in a room at any given time.  It might be nice to live in a fashion mecca, and see everyone else walking the streets looking their best. Last time I visited NYC I saw a girl wearing the most amazing turquoise boots and this perfect camel trench, and I recall thinking her outfit made mine look like I was just slumming it.

Shen Dove: It seems like summer just started, but fall will be here before you know it! How do you plan to transition your favorite summer items into the fall?

Lydia: Do I have to think about fall already?! Summer is by far my favorite season and it always goes way too quick. I will definitely be wearing some of my shorts with boots and blazers for as many weekends as the fickle fall weather will allow, and I just got a pair of red jeans, that will transition perfectly with some cozy knits and knee high boots.

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Shen Dove: Looking your best doesn't necessarily mean spending your entire paycheck; how do you manage to remain so stylish yet also be conscious of spending? Do you have any tips to share?

Lydia: Usually when I walk into a store, I got straight to the sale rack. Most times I won't even bother tormenting myself with the full priced merchandise. It will all go on sale eventually!  When it comes to shoes, shop around, and shop online. Many places carry the same shoes and you never know who is going to have the best price. Amazon is great and usually unbeatable, but Piperlime's sales are really awesome + they have free shipping and returns! Modcloth changes the names of their shoes to whatever cute thing they can think of, but if you can see the brand in the photo, you can google it, and chances are you can find it for much less elsewhere.

Shen Dove: You are so great at making and altering your own clothing! Do you have any tips for ladies that would like to do the same?

Lydia: You need a lot of patience, and a willingness to let yourself make mistakes. You need a full length mirror and a pile of straight pins. Also a seam ripper. When it comes to alterations, you've just got to put it on and start pining. It's got to be on you if it is going to fit you, so that is where the mirror comes in. If it is something you picked up at the thrift store, just remind yourself you only paid a couple dollars for it and if you ruin it, at least you've gained experience.  Alterations seem really intimidating at first, but take the time to study how the garment was constructed, and you can easily see where the changes need to be made.

Shen Dove: What do you enjoy most about blogging about style and fashion?

Lydia: I love that it has motivated me to take photos everyday, and to help me improve my camera skills so much! Photography is something I've loved for a while, and it was always a bit of a pipe dream to be a fashion photographer. So now, in my own way, I am.

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so, what are they?

Lydia: I used to have a whole bunch of rules about how I couldn't wear horizontal stripes, or I couldn't wear yellow, or I couldn't wear heels over two inches. But I've abandoned them all.  My only rule now is to wear clothes that make me feel gorgeous.

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Shen Dove: Thanks for the interview Lydia!  Be sure to bookmark Chic on the Cheap to see more of Lydia's great style!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Style Profile: God's Favorite Shoes

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Photos courtesy of Reiko of God's Favorite Shoes

For this edition of Shen Style Profiles, Reiko of the fantastic blog, God's Favorite Shoes was kind enough to answer a few questions about her style I love Reiko's eclectic sense of style and her fab bag collection.  Now let's get down to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start your blog and how did you come up with the title? 

Reiko: God's Favorite Shoes really was born out of boredom. I was already browsing blogs for a while and I love to write, so it was the perfect marriage! The title...I wish I could say that it was some clever strategic move but it was created while I was in one of my "in my own zone" moments. I knew the name had to be catchy but I also had an internal conversation with myself one day about what would God's favorite shoes look like if vanity wasn't a sin....is it a sin? Probably not...but still...these are things I think about!

Shen Dove: How would you describe your personal style? Is it influenced by your career/job? 

Reiko: My style has evolved over time. I guess I would call it classic with a touch of funk? I like to dress up basics with something unexpected. My style is definitely NOT influenced by my career. I RUE the day that I look like a teacher...no apples or school bus on my cardigans EVER!!

Shen Dove: You have a great collection of bags and I love your clutches in particular!  What are your favorite stores/boutiques/thrift stores to purchases clutches and handbags in general?

Reiko: I am obsessed with clutches...especially oversized clutches. I usually find my faves in thrift stores (Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.) but I'm also an equal opportunist when it comes to bags. I borrow my mother in law's vintage bags but I also heart the ones from American Apparel and my DIY buddy, DIY RAVEN.

Shen Dove: How has the city/town you live in influenced your style?

Reiko: I live in Houston where the devil usually sits on the sun wearing a pair of Gucci shades...holding an iced tea. It's year round summer around these parts so sandals, skirts, etc. Other than that, I don't know if Houston has a direct influence of my style. Whenever I go to Philly or NY though...I feel like I'm among my "style family and friends."

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Shen Dove: What items are you excited about wearing this summer? 

Reiko: STRIPES! And I think I might be going on a cruise this summer...so I'm excited to find a retro swimsuit to complement all of this jelly:)

Shen Dove: Looking your best doesn't necessarily mean spending your entire paycheck; do you have any tips for shopping on a budget? 

Reiko: My biggest tip would be to reinvent how you wear something that's already in your closet. Something as simple as wearing your maxi skirt as a dress...throw on some big hoops, a men's belt, light cardi and wedges and you have a whole new outfit! Also, look at your blouses differently. Do you have any silk blouses that button down the front? Why not wear the buttons in the back instead of the front! BAM! I'm all about the details and shopping in your own closet!

Shen Dove: Please name a film, tv or book character that embodies your current personal style. Can you explain your choice? 

Reiko: Dangit, the last books I read were The Hunger Games books, which is about a renegade teenager forced to fight for her life in a jungle/obstacle course. I'm not trying to pull that look off! If on any given day I feel like I am channeling "Joan from Girlfriends meets Carrie, Miranda, or Charlotte from SATC"...then I'm good.

Shen Dove: Your description of the style you try to channel is spot on!  Btw, I loved the Hunger Games trilogy (I have a penchant for young adult literature), but it's not a style I'd try to imitate either!

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Shen Dove: Do you have a piece of advice you'd like to convey to anyone interested in starting a blog that you wish someone had told you? 

Reiko: I wish someone would have told me not to write a million page posts in the beginning. People get ADD after about 2 minutes of reading so keep it simple. Also, find your own voice for your blog. It becomes obvious when you are trying to copy a style or formula in your writing. I try to share my personality through each post:)

Shen Dove: Do you have any personal style rules you live by? If so, what are they? 

Reiko: Try things that you wouldn't normally try. For example, last year the trend was wearing socks with heels. I saw so many bloggers doing it and it looked cute. I tried it. And hated it. Granted I didn't walk out of the house but atleast I can say I tried it. The other one is dress for your size! Jumping Jehosophat! Don't get me started so I'll just leave it at that!

Shen Dove: I love all of your answers, thanks for the interview!

So, check out more great fashion and style at God's Favorite Shoes!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Style Profile: Dash Dot Dotty

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For this edition of Shen Style Profiles, Dotty of Dash Dot Dotty was kind enough to answer a few questions about her style.   Dotty combines both colorful and neutral color palette's very nicely in her outfits. Her unique photo angles and circular and dash photos are also so creative!  So now to the questions!

Shen Dove: What inspired you to start a blog?

Dotty: I had started reading other style blogs to get inspiration and eventually I wanted in on the fun! I had been taking outfit photos for a while as a personal project to dress better for work, so it made sense to start my own little blog to get feedback.

Shen Dove:  How would you describe your personal style? Since you are a recent graduate, have your studies influenced your style?

Dotty: I have a seriously hard time describing my style with adjectives, since it is still in process. Being in graduate school for the last two years I have been dressing more casually--more flats than heels, more jeans than skirts, more big scarves than crisp collars. My field of study is architecture, which is very much based on visual perceptions of drawings and buildings. Little bits of things I have learned about color and weight have found their way into my outfits. More directly, the layout and graphics of dash dot dotty are heavily influenced by my design aesthetic.


Shen Dove: How have the cities/burbs/towns you've lived in influenced your style?

Dotty: I attended grad school in a small, university-dominated, midwest city that is ridiculously casual. I can honestly say that I did not draw much inspiration from my uggs-and-leggings clad fellow students. And most architecture-related academics opt for black with a bit of dark gray for pizazz. But before grad school I lived in Las Vegas, during which time I developed a fondness for sequins. I’m not going to start wearing bedazzled sweatpants anytime soon, but I think my style falls somewhere in between the two cities.

Shen Dove: What items are you excited about wearing for the summer?

Dotty: Sandals! Sundresses! Big hats! White!

Shen Dove: You are very good at showing readers how you remix your clothing and accessory items. Do you have any clothing or accessories items that you plan to keep forever and why?

Dotty: I have a white wool lady day coat that I plan on keeping forever. It makes me feel like a princess, even when it is cold and snowy outside.
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Shen Dove: Looking your best doesn't necessarily mean spending your entire paycheck, do you have any tips for shopping on a budget?

Dotty: I am a huge fan of thrift stores. Thrifting allows me to test out new colors and patterns without spending very much. I like the challenge of making an older piece look current or figuring out a way to incorporate a wackadoodle find into my closet.

Shen Dove: Do you have a piece of advice you'd like to convey to anyone interested in starting a blog that you wish someone had told you?

Dotty: My advice would be to go at your own pace. You don’t have to post everyday or follow a strict schedule. Blogs are personal, creative projects, so make it a blog that you would get excited about visiting.

Shen Dove:  Do you have "power color" which I define as a color you wear when you want to feel confident/powerful? If so, what is it?

Dotty: Turquoise! Even though I only own a few turquoise pieces, I really like how it combines with other colors (especially red and orange) and it can be cool and vibrant simultaneously.

Shen Dove: Thanks for answering my questions Dotty!

Be sure to check out Dotty's unique take on style on her blog!